Wednesday, January 8, 2014

LOTS TO DO @ THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE THIS WEEKEND

Urban Artistry & Lesole South African Dance Troupe

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 10, 8 PM
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $16, $11 mbrs.
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Many of the greatest dance forms begin in the streets. Tonight we showcase great vernacular dance from America and South Africa. Junious "House" Brickhouse formed Urban Artistry to teach the fresh, innovative dance forms that grew with house music. Since its origin in the underground dance scene of the late 1970's, house dance has evolved into one of the largest dance forms in the world and tonight some of its most creative practitioners are on our floor. South African dancer and choreographer Lesole Maine is at the forefront of Metro DC's burgeoning African immigrant music and dance community. His dynamic company brings percussive and other dances rooted in the streets and mines of South Africa. Lesole's South African gum boot dance brought down the house at a recent Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival.


Salty Dog Blues

WHEN: Thursday, January 9, 7:30 PM
WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $12, $7 mbrs.
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Salty Dog Blues is the story about Merchant Marines of color and their relationship to the National Maritime Union, a once progressive union that was forced, in 2001, to merge with the Seafarers International Union. In the process, many of the retired mariners lost benefits they worked their entire lives to secure. Examining their development as a multi-racial/international labor force, the film chronicles the lives of these men and women and describes how they navigated issues of racism, disparities in the workplace, as well as gender and familial conflicts. It is an intimate look at the potentially devastating consequences of stagnant pension plans, the eradication of medical benefits, and how the elder mariners are organizing to fight back against these injustices.


Tales From the Holy Land w/ Rafael Alvarez

WHEN: Saturday, January 11, 5-6:30 PM
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $7
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This event is book reading with Baltimore author and screen writer Rafael Alvarez. Tales from the Holy Land is the third collection of short fiction from the Baltimore author and screenwriter Rafael Alvarez. The stories takes place along the narrow streets and alleys of our city, charting secret histories of the last 100 years through the difficult and hopeful lives of tugboat men, junk collectors, beautiful women, short order cooks, and an artist who captures it all in house paint on the sides of abandoned buildings. Alvarez will read from his book and be available afterwards for a Q&A and book signing.


HULA MONSTERS WINTER LUAU

WHEN: Saturday, January 11, 8 PM
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $15, $10 mbrs, stus
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With accomplished musicianship and a wacky sense of humor, the Hulas play swing, rockabilly, blues, country, and campy Hawaiian standards. They may even sell you a Hawaiian shirt! Welcoming you with a big "Aloha!" are Moe Nelson on upright bass, harmonica, and ukulele; Mark Noone on guitar and ukulele; Ben Holmes on percussion; Gary Ferguson on lead guitar; and Lynn Kasdorf on steel guitar. Wear your dancing shoes! We will be having a FREE Hula Session at 7:30 PM before the dance.   


Cajun Dance Party with The Pine Leaf Boys

WHEN: Sunday, January 12, 6:30 PM Lesson; 7 PM Party
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: Adv $20, $15 mbrs.
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Louisiana's finest, four-time Grammy-nominated, world-renowned Pine Leaf Boys have made a name for presenting their own inimitable brand of Cajun music with youthful exuberance. Hailing from the Southwest Louisiana, the Pine Leaf Boys, known for their wild shows and thoughtful arrangements, have breathed new life into Cajun music, reviving ancient songs and bringing them to the bandstand. Being described in the New York Times as "the link that connects the young and the old generations" and "the best new, energetic, and fun Cajun band in a very long time," the Pine Leaf Boys play the old fashioned dance hall standards while bringing many obscure songs of past masters into their repertoire to play with gusto.